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Do you have any idea for better collocation?

So I chose decided to study chemical engineering at the university to pursue my passion since at high school we just studied basic concepts.

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I believe basic concepts to be perhaps the most suitable and common collocation in that context.

Alternatives include fundamental concepts and the basics.

Furthermore, I think your sentence will read better as:

So I decided to study chemical engineering at the University in order to pursue my passion, since we only studied basic concepts in high school.

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